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Taste Test: What’s the Best Pancake Mix?

Taste Test: What's the Best Pancake Mix

I’ve been impressed with home cooks over the past few quarantined months. Look at all of them, whipping up a Dutch baby on a random Tuesday morning, or prepping batter after dinner for overnight yeasted waffles, or making sourdough pancakes using their very own starters! But what about people who — how do we say this — aren’t so into the fact that cooking has now become a three-times-a-day affair? What about parents whose kids cry “Pancakes!” while they cry…tears? This Pancake Mix Taste Test goes out to those home cooks…

…To the people who just want to have a solid pancake breakfast without doing much more than cracking an egg or whisking water into a pre-made mix. For them, I wanted to find out: How do the major brands stack up?

To answer this question, over the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting box mixes from various grocery stores. Whenever possible, I looked for the ones labeled Buttermilk, but inventories were sporadic and low which made this somewhat difficult.

Just this past weekend, though, I was able to secure the last of the major brands I was looking for, with the exception of Bob’s Red Mill. (Sorry, Bob fans!) I wound up with the boxes above, which includes the brand I made my kids approximately 50% of weekday mornings when they were little (Trader Joe’s) and nothing made them happier than a stack of cakes dripping with butter and syrup. I had zero sentimental attachment to the other four: King Arthur, Bisquick, Hungry Jack, and Krusteaz.

Even though some mixes required the addition of an egg or a little milk or oil (and some nothing but water), each batch of pancakes were cooked the same way — in my favorite nonstick skillet with a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat. And just to be completely fair, I discarded the first batch of pancakes entirely (ok, fine, I gave them to the dogs) because we all know what they say about the first batch of pancakes.

As much as I would’ve loved to invite the entire block over for breakfast, circumstances limited me to just the four residents of my house: me, my husband, Andy, and our two teenager daughters, Phoebe and Abby. As with all of the taste tests we’ve conducted, this one was blind — I made four pancakes per box, then wrapped them in aluminum foil packets; each of those packets were labeled with a number that corresponded to its box and kept warm in a 200°F oven while I fried and flipped my way through all the brands. For serving, in spite of my 16-year-old protesting the absence of Nutella, I made sure each pancake was tasted by each tester the exact same way: dipped in maple syrup. In between bites, they were instructed to sip ice water, while I typed out their reviews sitting across from them at the kitchen table. They were asked to comment on texture, flavor, and fluffiness, and, finally, give each one a grade from one to five, five being the highest.

It turned out, my lab rats had a lot to say about a food I thought would’ve had a rather narrow range of descriptive words. Pancake number 2, Hungry Jack, was deemed “pathetic,” “dense,” and “absolutely no fluff whatsoever,” according to Abby. I thought Trader Joe’s, which the girls grew up on, would have some sort of nostalgic advantage, but their reviews ran the gamut from “This is pretty, is it homemade?” to “Eh”  to “tastes like a rubber pancake.” Sadly, the only mix with 100% pronounceable ingredients (King Arthur) garnered the lowest score. But I blame that on the fact that one of those ingredients was white whole wheat flour, which presented a visual barrier (“That looks like a horrible pancake”) that was difficult to overcome. The two brands that scored the highest surprised me…

The Winner: Krusteaz Light & Fluffy Complete Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Score: 14 points out of 20
Price: Approximately $3.75 for a 32-ounce box

Especially our winner! The mix called only for the addition of water — no eggs, no milk, no melted butter or oil. “That’s the best one,” declared Andy. Separately, Abby said the exact same thing, and appreciated the fluffy moistness. Phoebe was a fan of the consistency (“Not too thick and bready it’s a little lighter”) and the flavor (“kinda sweet, which is good.”) Perhaps the highest praise was offered the next morning when I was out for a walk and Abby texted me Where is the Krusteaz? I need some. 

The Runner-up: Bisquick Original Pancake & Baking Mix
Score: 13.5 points out of 20
Price: Approximately $3.25 for a 20-ounce box

Only a half point behind the winner, Bisquick (“that’s a solid cake right there” — Andy) scored high due to its perfect fluffiness, and “real pancake flavor.” There was a genuine enthusiasm about these that separated them from the others. Almost all of us immediately said “Mmmm” after our first bite, a review that needs no quantification or elaboration.

What do you guys think? Do you agree?

P.S. More taste tests (including ice-cream sandwiches). And green pancakes for kids.

  1. Kim says...

    Try from scratch, they’re the best, really. My husband makes some from sprouted wheat flour and they are sooooooo good.

  2. jessica wallrapp says...

    Can I throw one more into the hat — My children grew up on chocolate chip pancakes. I used the packaged Betty Crocker muffin mix. So so easy, the only measuring was a little water. We will make healthier pancakes now, or fancier ones from scratch, but these were perfect and easy on school days. $1.25 for the package fed 4 of them just the right amount before heading out the door.

    I love taste tests like this!!

  3. Jessica P. says...

    We stayed at an Airbnb who provided a huge bag of krusteaz and have been buying it for our home ever since! I’ve always thought the only requirements for a good pancake are real syrup and that someone who loves you make it for you. Why not make it easy for them?

  4. Tracy says...

    The best mix is PAMELA’S!!!! It’s all I’ve been using this quarantine and it makes the BEST waffles 🧇 gluten free but perfect texture and taste. Ugh.

  5. Heather says...

    All the pretentious comments are exhausting! Thanks for the taste test, I usually go with store brand, Publix or Walmart here, then add the milk eggs and butter, but my Grandpa was racing about the Krusteez brand as well! He covers the pan with a lid to get them super puffy (it works!!) Then tops with canned pineapple. We go with maple syrup and sometimes cooked frozen blueberries. Yum!

  6. Marcellita Bell says...

    Everybody’s taste bubs aren’t the same especially our young folk that don’t know about taste and texture. What they eat now is totally different from the foods people use to prepare. The Krusteaz taste like rubber never buy it again. Homemade is the best or the Bisquick. My aunt could make the best homemade pancakes melt in your mouth she was from the old school cooking group, age 101.

  7. Courtney says...

    My little kids turn into cracked-out honey badgers if I feed them straight carbs for breakfast!!! Tantrums allllll day. However, we DO frequently make these “healthy” pancakes that I might have seen on CoJ years ago? We call them 3-2-1 pancakes: 3 eggs, 2 ripe bananas, 1 (scant) cup of rolled oats (plus cinnamon, a spoonful of baking powder, and a pinch of salt) in the blender and fried up in coconut oil, topped with melty almond butter and a little syrup… they’re quite tasty and don’t spike everyone’s bloodsugar as much :)

  8. EllaY says...

    Even my gluten eating husband has come to love my Pamela’s gluten free pancake mix more than regular pancakes! Try it!!

  9. Andie says...

    Jenny, you forgot Kodiak Cakes! I’d avoided them in the grocery store for a while because they seemed too hipster-retro, and I didn’t ever really like pancakes in the first place, but then bought a box on a whim during an early quarantine stocking run… Best breakfast decision I’ve ever made, and new found Saturday morning tradition. The strawberry-chocolate chip mix I bought rendered beautifully thin pancakes with lacy butter edges, more like crepes than the flapjacks they purport to be. And really, maybe a thin and sticky crepe was actually what I’ve been craving in a pancake all along, after years of refusing to eat my mom’s thick and toothsome Hungry Jack creations? As karmic payback, my daughter prompted declared mid-way through the first batch that she “doesn’t like pancakes.” Fine. More for me.

    • Amy says...

      Yes was coming to comment the same! I love Kodiak cakes, plus they are the only pancake that doesn’t make me feel like I ate a brick afterwards. I buy the traditional buttermilk and jazz it up in all types of ways — applesauce or pumpkin puree + spices in the fall, lemon zest + blueberries in the summer, etc. Although we had them this morning just regular (I use whatever milk I have on hand and fry in butter), and they are amazing just like that.

    • Amy says...

      Wait I just remembered that I would like to amend my comment by saying that, as an Austinite, I am legally required to say that Kerbey Lane’s gingerbread pancake mix is truly the best mix of all time, but especially in December.

    • Sadie says...

      Yup, they are my favorite. ADD BANANA!!!!!!!!

    • Courtney says...

      Yes, Amy! KL’s gingerbread are the BEST! If you’re not having the other official breakfast of Austin- tacos!

  10. LB says...

    We grew up on Krusteaz. I haven’t bought it in awhile but I will now!

    I have a box of Pioneer mix in my pantry and I have to say, it is about a 3/20. Not good, flat, no taste, do not recommend, would not buy again!

  11. Deb in Oklahoma says...

    As a strictly-scratch baker, I can honestly say I’ve never in my life used a box mix to make pancakes or waffles. But the number of comments and Krusteaz endorsements kind of make me want to try that brand, just to see. Never would have guessed that pancakes would be such a topic of conversation! But I love it. It’s flapjack-fun!

  12. The best pancake mix is the one bought from an area farm or mill and made with local grains.

    Check out some various options around the country – these offer national shipping.

    Baker’s Field Flour & Bread in Minneapolis, MN: https://bakersfieldflourandbread.square.site/product/farm-cake-mix-pancake-waffle-mix/8?cs=true

    Doubting Thomas Farms in Moorehead, MN: https://doubtingthomasfarms.com/products/pancake-and-waffle-mix

    Deer Creek Malthouse in Pennsylvania: https://www.deercreekmalt.com/product/buckwheat-malt-pancake-mix/

  13. Emmarie Burger says...

    Have you tried Kodiak Cakes mixes? You only need water and they have healthy ingredients. DIfferent flavors too. I make them a little tastier by adding half almond milk and half water.

  14. Sarah says...

    Oh goodness, was this a fun Taste Test! I’m very happy to see Bisquick so high on the list because this was the mix that I grew up on and the only one I use to this day! My dad’s pancakes are still my favorite pancakes I’ve ever had! I may have to give Krusteaz a try though.

  15. Jen says...

    SO funny to see this pop up. We just happened to try this winning brand a few weeks ago (after never having heard of it and now seeing it here too). When we’re shopping for an item where we don’t already have a preferred brand, my husband will always say “Oh yea, these people know what they’re doing!” and reach for the product with the most dated looking design. A “we’ve been making this the same way for 50 years” look. And that was Krusteaz last time we we shopped. Older food product/brand names also make me laugh. Some sound medicinal or just generally unappealing like the original oreo: Hydrox (sounds like a chemical cleaner). I looked up Krusteaz for kicks: est. in 1932 “She called her product Krusteaz pie crust (cleverly combining “crust” and “ease”). Love love love.

    • LaReesa says...

      Oh this is so funny!! I’m a sucker for good, modern branding which has led me astray many times. I’m going to start trying your approach haha

  16. Melanie says...

    Krusteaz for the win! My MIL buys this brand and her pancakes are the best. We only eat pancakes when visiting her because I can’t bring myself to serve them for breakfast on a regular basis. I feel guilty for serving my kids what is essentially white bread with syrup to start their day. It feels like it should be a dessert. Am I being too harsh?

  17. I only eat Lunds Swedish Pancakes. They are the best!! Thin and sweet. No fluffy, gaggy, doughy pancake for me.

  18. i heart salt says...

    Tenda Bake is by & far the best I have ever found! I can’t find it outside of the South, but nothing compares. Now, I only make ’em from scratch, since I live 2 time zones away.

  19. Virginia Hovanec says...

    As a Grandma of 8 My vote definetly is and always has been Krusteaz. But affectionately called Nani’s Best pancakes I have the secret. I always add Geek vanilla yogurt and blueberries with a little oatmeal. This totally makes them the lightest best tasting pancakes ever. Add a topping of Ohio real maple syrup and that is The Best pancakes ever. My grandkids approved.

  20. Deanna says...

    Jenny, I love this, but I have to say…I am a “Bruce Springsteen Pancake” convert. That recipe you posted years ago on your website has been my family’s Christmas morning breakfast for years, not to mention many more mornings. It’s perfect and for me makes pancake mixes superfluous! Thank you!!

  21. Tracie says...

    For years I made my own mix and it was delicious. Then we had leftover Krusteaz from a church pancake breakfast and my son fell in love! Now it’s, “do we have any of that Krusteaz, please!” I add blueberries or chocolate chips to them, which makes them even better!

  22. Esh says...

    I had no idea that there were so many pancake mixes available. In Spain, where I live, there are none ( that I know of!)

  23. jules says...

    Kowalski’s is a specialty grocery in the Twin Cities and their Kowalski’s private label mix is THE BOMB. Just add water, super quick, NEVER disappoints and it super quick enough even for weekday mornings. I’ve tried most of the mixes listed here and in the comments (not New Hope Mills tho) and it is superior.

  24. Katie says...

    Many of Krusteaz mixes are manufactured at a mill in my rural Kentucky hometown! Once on a high school field trip, we toured the facility and learned how their products are made. My favorite part was meeting their quality control baker who would pull newly packaged products from the line and test them to make sure they baked properly. On our tour, she happened to be baking Ghirardelli brownies! Can you imagine getting to bake all day? What a dream job!

  25. Nancy Cooper says...

    Krusteaz! I knew it would be the winner! They are so good!

  26. Lora says...

    I’m so happy Bisquick scored so high. It’s the pancake/waffle of my childhood and I still occasionally use it if I don’t want to bother measuring everything for scratch pancakes.

  27. carol bowen says...

    Have always liked Krutez-great when camping

  28. Pamelas! They make a superb gluten free version that’s so good and so not awful.

  29. Emily says...

    I’ve never understood pancake mix. You can so easily make your own and keep it stored in the pantry then just add milk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter. I make a batch on Sundays and save the leftover batter in the fridge for a repeat on Tuesdays. Nothing is better than homemade pancakes. The boxed mixes aren’t worth it. Even my son has the recipe memorized by now. We heat our syrup when we are feeling fancy.

    • Gloria J Monroe says...

      I agree 100% homemade is so easy to have on hand and so much cheaper plus much more Yummy

    • Suzanne says...

      Me either! The recipe is so simple. In Australia, there’s only one pancake mix in the supermarket and it’s awful. We even make ours from scratch when we are camping. First to admit over here too that I’m no chef. 🙂

  30. Rob says...

    Hand down the best pancakes are from Aretha Frankenstein’s Pancake Mix.

    • Denzyl Balram says...

      100%. It’s the best. Second best is Kodiak.

    • Keith says...

      At last! I’ve been reading tons of these articles, and never has anyone mentioned Aretha Frankensteins! It’s typically the same old brands, the best of which tastes like… boxed. But Aretha’s is amazing, moist, fluffy, sweet, delicious. No comparison!

    • ARETHA”S FOR THE WIN! I used to live close to the original Aretha’s, and my husband and I would walk down for blueberry pancakes every Saturday. Now we’ve moved away and I buy the box mix – it’s pretty much the same as Alice Water’s scratch recipe, and just a little easier. No better pancake has ever existed!

  31. Sarah says...

    Oh, no! Because Bob’s is hands-down the best of them all. My kids run riot when we are out. Even better when cooked in ghee.

  32. Kristen says...

    We almost never made pancakes before quarantine life, but pancakes and sausage are our Sunday morning pattern now, and we all agree we don’t want to give it up. Am I the only one who is still deciding which quarantine habits are actually better and we need to hold on to them? Anyway, we love Kodiak cakes. My kids love chocolate chip but my husband and I like Cinnamon Oat.

  33. Ellen W says...

    My husband recently discovered the Cracker Barrel pancake mix and now that is my kids favorite brand. I’m gluten free and I think the King Arthur mix is the best of the GF ones I’ve tried.

  34. Katie says...

    We love kodiak cakes! We did a side by side test against bisquick pancakes and thought they tasted better (and needed fewer ingredients and were healthier)! Win win win!

  35. Ashley says...

    I don’t think you’ve had a good pancake unless you’ve tried Cracker Barrel pancake mix. You can order it from their website. Would highly recommend.

  36. Allegra LaViola says...

    my grandfather was swedish and, though i never met him, my father always made us Swedish pancakes using the Lund’s box mix and “platt” (the name of the pancake pan). The box is EXACTLY the same now as when I was a child and nothing pleases me more than making it for my son. Lingonberry Jam and whipped cream and/or powdered sugar are the best…

    they’re smaller and thinner…like mini-cakes

    • No says...

      Yes! I would have them on trips to Palm Springs as a kid. We had powdered sugar and lemon. I can never find the mix!

    • Elena says...

      I finally found Lund’s at World Market of all places! I’m not sure how much their inventory changes regionally, but it’s worth trying. Totally agree, these are so delicious!

  37. Bailey says...

    Birch Benders is simply the best. The paleo version is GF and better than any I’ve tried. 10/10

    • Darrell says...

      Bailey is right. Absolutely! Hands down! Birch benders is not just better than other pre mixed pancakes but better than any I’ve had in restaurants.

    • Kayleigh says...

      Another vote here for birch benders. Sometimes hard to find, so we buy multiples when we see it.

  38. K says...

    ok but i’m very perplexed on how to make perfect squat cylinder pancakes like you have in your photos? i only do one pancake in the pan at a time for fear of them bleeding together anddd almost every time they’re some odd amoeba shape (the good thing is that pancakes, like fries or noodles are hard to make inedible)

    • Mollie-o says...

      I read this technique on Martha Stewart once…I use 1/4 or 1/3 measuring cup, pour onto pan and then kind of flatten and shape it into a circle. Makes them look perfect and we don’t like them so thick, so it helps them spread a bit better.

  39. We are a Krusteaz household. You can buy a giant sack of it at Costco. We host a large group (12 adults and 7 kids) of out of town family every Thanksgiving, and Krusteaz pancakes are our tradition on Saturday morning, post Thanksgiving. I get a little teary wondering what Thanksgiving will be like this year…

  40. Kos says...

    Kodiak Cakes! With 10 eggs. Like the baby of a crepe and Dutch baby and you don’t feel sick afterward (protein packed!). Our kids eat them like candy.

    • Tala says...

      We have recently become Kodiak family too! Love the protein…..fluffy…..moist……

    • CB says...

      I make the same recipe and they are so easy and perfect. I sometimes mix half the amount of milk and mineral water which offers up more fluffiness. 1 egg to 1 cup of milk and 1 cup Self raising flour, fluffy, easy and delicious

  41. Janel says...

    I knew Krusteaz would win! It is the best by far. However I grew up on Bisquick and have no aversions to it at all. What I do love a out Bisquick is that it makes wonderful biscuits and DUMPLINGS for chicken soup or whatever soup you like to add dumplings to. My mother has always kept Bisquick in the pantry because it’s universal for sweet or savory recipes.

    Ps. I also agree 100% with Tiffany’s response to Hannah’s reply. I have grown up in a Mostly white America as half Hispanic half Irish genetics. I have 100% percent of my life identified as Hispanic. I grew up with Aunt Jemima and any other item that is “today” considered inappropriate. While I think it’s great we have evolved as a society, I completely disagree with removing all traces of our American past. We should never stop talking about our roots and where WE ALL come from, no matter the circumstances or hardships. (My family were migrant farmers from Mexico who came for a better life in the 1920s. ) We can’t erase it, but we can have healthy discussions on why the changes etc. We learn from our trials and our errors to make better decisions in future. I think this applies to all ethnicities or should as America was founded on immigrants from all over the world.

  42. Cheryl says...

    For the gluten free among us, Krusteaz has a great line of GF products, including a basic GF pancake mix and a GF confetti pancake mix. Krusteaz GF double chocolate brownies, GF cinnamon coffee cake, and GF honey cornbread mixes are also outstanding. I’ve found the best selection at Walmart.

  43. Miss V says...

    Morinaga Hokkaido Pancake Mix is my favorite. So delicious!

    • Becky says...

      I so agree with you! I always have a few packs in my pantry. YUMMY

  44. Coji says...

    I am astounded that nobody has mentioned Golden Malted pancake/waffle mix. It’s excellent. I buy mine online but I think you can also get at Williams Sonoma.

    • Keith says...

      Agreed, I just ordered another can of Robby’s, and one of the original Golden Malted. They’re great, up there with Aretha Frankensteins!

  45. Bernadette Foulonneau says...

    Omg Krusteaz is the BEST!! You MUST try their waffles from this mix! Best with some blueberry sauce whipped cream and .. maple syrup if you dare! That was the mix that made my head spin the first time we had them on holiday at our hotel.. to my immense shock the lady at the desk told me they used Krusteaz mix and we havnt looked back since then. So after years of homemade pancakes .. I switched to Krusteaz. Absolutely ADORE. <3 Thanks for using widely available mix in your test! Love from Canada 🍁🥞🍁

    • Heather says...

      Totally agree! This is the only waffles and pancakes we make! AND you can buy a GIANT bag at Costco!!!

  46. Tally says...

    I’m assuming this is because you didn’t test the Snoqualmie pancake mix (from the lodge at Snoqualmie Falls in Washington, but available nationwide!). Just add water, and soooo fluffy! :) Try them! :)

  47. B says...

    I grew up on Bisquick. Sundays were pancake or waffle day for my entire childhood. That said, I do buy Birch Benders in the fall when their pumpkin pancake/waffle mix is available. I’ve yet to master a homemade pumpkin pancake. Perhaps now is the time.

  48. Kelly says...

    I’ve always been team Krusteaz! One of its top benefits is that by not requiring the addition of eggs or milk it’s a fantastic choice when camping!

  49. Jeanne says...

    If any of you love recipe and product comparisons like I do, you’ll have fun at the blog The Pancake Princess. She tests soo many different kinds of things from brownies to cinnamon rolls to pumpkin bread. She usually tests between 9-12 recipes AT ONCE (because she’s scientific about her process) and you’ll see the results of Martha vs Ina vs Pillsbury etc. Have fun reading!

    https://www.thepancakeprincess.com/bake-offs/

  50. Natasha says...

    We use Kodiak cakes in our house- buy the large boxes at Sam’s.

  51. Tina L. says...

    Always been a Krusteaz family – I am a cook and a baker, but do not think pancakes need to be homemade. Maybe because the mix I’ve always used gets the job done so well? Occasionally have bought other mixes when my local store was out of Krusteaz and I have never loved the flavor/texture.

  52. Aimee says...

    We turn to bisquick because it’s the only dairy free mix I’ve found! We add lactose free milk or oat milk and the pancakes are fine.

  53. Anna says...

    I’m American but I live in the Netherlands and I used to occasionally buy Bisquick at the UK/US/AUS store for quick pancakes and biscuits. A couple of years ago I noticed that it wasn’t in stock anymore and I asked about it. Long story short, they had to pull it from the shelves because European regulations changed to prohibit several of the ingredients in food items! An inspector came in and cleaned out their supply and its now impossible to import it for commercial purposes. Since Bisquick is literally illegal where I live, I turned to smitten kitchen (which also hits the spot).

    • jane says...

      Oh how I wish this could happen in the US – save the people from themselves – and unscrupulous corporations!

  54. Cheryl says...

    Krusteaz is a new to me brand since quarantine but I’m now a fan. I’m not at all surprised they won the pancake challenge. Target carries Krusteaz so I can drive up and pick up one of their mixes when flour is nowhere to be found.
    Their best boxed mix item, however is their delicious cinnamon crumb cake. Stir in a few staples and pop in the oven, and it’s so good!

    • Anna says...

      This is the one we use too! It’s so good!

  55. Eliz says...

    which pancake is the top picture of? That looks goooood

  56. Jen says...

    For all you gluten free ladies out there- Aldi’s brand pancake mix Live G Free is pretty darn good!

  57. Christina H. says...

    I love taste tests! I wonder how Kodiak Cakes would stand in this taste test–definitely my favorite boxed pancake mix, especially for the amount of protein per serving!

  58. jane says...

    I require less engineering – those unpronounceable ingredients are NOT good for our bodies. Just add a whipped egg white or a teaspoon of baking powder and a spoonful of sweetener of any kind to any pancake batter and you will have the fluffiest cakes around. No engineering required.

    • AE says...

      Just because something is unprounceable to you Doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Nearly everything has a common name versus a scientific name. Further, dose is what makes something “not good for you”- not just the mere presence of it. Let’s not spread food misinformation. I prefer homemade mixes (super easy, delicious and fast) but not because of “impronouncable ingredients” on the store bought items. No food shame needed. ***I just googled the ingredients list of Bisquick and it’s literally flour, added vitamins/ enrichment, oil, sugar, salt…. but with their scientific names… so that’s cleared up!

  59. E says...

    I know it’s pricey but–Stonewall Kitchen pancake mix!! Anyone?

    • Kerry says...

      Yes! That’s our favorite, even over many different homemade from scratch.

    • Laura Giese says...

      I’ve used Krusteaz for many years & it’s my favorite! Plus they’re Belgian waffle mix is so yummy!

  60. Teresa says...

    Bisquick is what I grew up on. Ive eliminated nearly all processed foods over the last few years—I tried at least 8 different pancake recipes and I finally just brought back my beloved Bisquick. It will forever be my exception and will bring me right back to my childhood, picturing my grandpa flipping pancakes on the stove!

  61. I love posts like these! Taste tests are always so fun to read. I’d like to know how Kodiak Cakes stack up to these, perhaps for a future post? :)

    • jane says...

      I mean, who can resist trying these?? Thank you for the link!

  62. Meredith says...

    We agree with Krusteaz as #1!
    Last year we rented a house at the beach with four other families. We brought a big griddle out by the pool and the dads would make pancakes using this mix for everyone in the mornings. Such a hit with the kids! Love how light and fluffy they are.

  63. Kay says...

    Anyone here tried any of the “homemade Bisquick” recipes? Our local grocery stores have been completely sold out of the real deal ever since the coronavirus pandemic began. My three boys have grown up on Bisquick pancakes and waffles and turn their noses up at anything else (even homemade from scratch!) After I put aside my annoyance that anyone in their right mind would turn down any sort of cake drizzled in syrup as a legitimate breakfast I turned to the internet and found all kinds of diy Bisquick recipes. Most seem to involve adding butter or oil to dry ingredients to create the “mix”. I want to make them their faves because we have severe pancake withdrawal over here, but flour is also still in short supply and don’t want to waste it on a bum recipe.

    • Mollie-o says...

      We grew up with Bisquick quiche. You mix it into the eggs and it kind of falls to the bottom. Not fancy but always tasty!

  64. Pamela Mollric says...

    Krustez also.mskes a high protein mix that is good.

  65. Sally says...

    Thank you, love the taste tests. Please do this for frozen pizza next!

    • Kate says...

      +1 for the pizza request!

    • AL says...

      Thirded! I keep trying ones During quarantine that are pretty awful

  66. jdp says...

    the first time i heard someone talk about krusteaz pancakes, i thought they were making up the name as it sounded either, a. gross, or b. like something from the simpsons. then i tried them. 15 years of delicious weekend pancake mornings later i will never buy another brand. krusteaz 4 eva.

  67. Emily says...

    If you eat gluten free, King Arthur GF pancake mix makes delicious pancakes!

  68. Andrea says...

    Can you use the Marian Cunningham yeasted waffle mix for pancakes? I loved these as waffles.

    • Heather says...

      On a whim, I tried this about two weeks ago when I made the waffles. It did NOT go well. It didn’t have the light crusty chewiness of the perfect waffles or the fluff of a perfect pancake. My kids ate it with peanut butter and nutella and were fine with it, but I’d skip it if I were you.

    • Andrea says...

      Thanks, Heather.

  69. Kristin says...

    Nothing turns my stomach more than pancakes, waffles, and other hot, doughy breakfast foods. So weird, I know. Does anyone else feel this way?

    • Diana says...

      Me! Which makes me feel guilty on Sunday mornings when my husband makes them for our daughter. So for Mother’s day, they were like, we know what NOT to make you! They made me homemade granola instead, which was delicious!

    • Lydia says...

      Me.. I feel this way! Too much dough..
      I don’ think they were as popular in Australia when I was growing up.. but now I am here in the US raising kids and I feel compelled to make pancakes every now and then.. but really I think i should save it for treat diner visits!

    • joy says...

      Kristin, I have found that pancakes made with all white flour just make me feel very over-full and lethargic (I’m not sure why, because I have a pretty high tolerance for sugar, white flour, gluten, etc). I’ve started making buckwheat or multigrain pancakes instead (smitten kitchen has a good multigrain recipe) and those are fine for me.

    • Amy says...

      I will always opt for a savoury breakfast!

    • Claire says...

      YES! I can’t figured out what about it, exactly, but I think it might be all the oil? I’m not allergic to any of the ingredients individually, but it always hurts my stomach. I can eat them later in the day, at lunch or dinner, though. I much prefer to have something lighter such as toast or cereal in the morning. Oddly, I could also eat a piece of cake or pie with no problem. Unclear how that’s different than a pancake/waffle…

    • Lauren says...

      I just made the multigrain Smittenkitchen ones that Joy refers to this week and they are REALLY good. I used a mix of plain flour, wholewheat and buckwheat.

  70. riye says...

    We ate Bisquick pancakes when we were kids. I didn’t try Krusteaz until I went away to college and we mostly made their muffins. I’d be happy with either any day of the week. :-)

  71. Brittany says...

    Love this!! I was diagnosed with celiac disease last year so we have had to relearn all of our breakfast favorites. I have to say, the TJ gluten free pancake and waffle mix is OUTOFTHISWORLD! Even my friends that don’t eat GF prefer this mix. Add some chocolate chips or blueberry compote and you have a rock solid breakfast.

    • Alli says...

      Yes! TJ gluten free pancake and waffle mix is the best! Make these at least once a week for my kids.

  72. Jenny says...

    I grew up on my grandmother’s giant sourdough pancakes but the absolute best from a mix is surely Krusteaze. Great for camping, too, because it doesn’t require perishable add-ins!

  73. Rasheeda Ali says...

    Kodiak cakes are pretty damn delicious, and you can also use the mix to make bomb ass oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (recipe is on the box, but I modified it to make it better!). If you live in Canada, the PC organics pancake mix is SO FREAKING GOOD. They’re better than homemade. Try it asap!!!

  74. Becky says...

    We have been using king arthur gluten free pancake mix for years. We cant tell the difference and it’s so good!

  75. Emily says...

    Krusteaz has always been my dad’s favorite and my family’s go-to brand for pancakes! Happy to see they’re #1

  76. Heidi says...

    How is Aunt Jemima not part of the taste test? We like the one where you add the eggs and milk (not just water). My husband makes them perfectly- on a nonstick griddle with no butter or oil. Now my mouth is watering!

    • bridget says...

      One Jemima’s mix was included, and then removed – see the comment thread below.

  77. Christine says...

    Aretha Frankensteins pancake mix for the win!

  78. Julie M. says...

    Yes!! We discovered Krusteaz about 3 years ago and it is our favorite too! It’s head and shoulders above other mixes. Also, they sell it in a big bag at Costco.

  79. Lauren says...

    Surprised Kodiak cakes didn’t make the list. Their cinnamon oat protein mix is our go to.

  80. Dee says...

    Yes!! Agree 100%, I was reading and thinking Krusteaz has to win this one, hands down! Only just recently discovered it too, and we are obsessed!

  81. Rachel says...

    But have you tried the Krusteaz blueberry pancake mix?? It’s truly heaven-sent :)

  82. Caroline says...

    I love a test that confirms my life choices, ha! Krusteaz is so good – and it guarantees I have something to fix without any other ingredients. It’s one of those things that I *could* make homemade, but are they exponentially better than a mix? Not really.

    I’ve also given it as a little hostess gift paired with the Whiskware pancake blender bottle and good maple syrup.

    (Side-note: For a weekend trip where you’re planning to cook, you can load up the mix into the blender bottle and pack it securely and add water there – space-saving and sturdy! It earns its storage space as a kitchen one-trick pony)

  83. Sarah says...

    I keep Kodiak mix on hand (high protein) but also make homemade frequently.

  84. Annie says...

    My husband brought home three big boxes of Krustez in December (a holiday gag gift at work!) and we’ve slowly worked our way through them this spring. I think they are a bit sweet/artificial tasting (?) but my husband and kids LOVE them. Glad to know we are not the only ones not making yeasted pancakes/waffles ;)

  85. Carrie says...

    We love Kodiak Cakes in our house! We buy a big ole Costco box of it every few months. I like to make a berry compote or a homemade syrup (my husband’s childhood favorite). Super yummy breakfast!

    • KA says...

      My internet history will show that King Arthur is my top visited site. Everything I’ve made from their recipes has been so delicious (and I’m not a good, careful baker.) Fully indorse their recipes for bagels, danishes, brown sugar sour cream cake, scones, biscotti…LIFE.

  86. Megan says...

    Our household loves Kodiak Cakes! They are apparently packed with protein, too.

  87. JenMarie says...

    I have such fond feelings for Bisquick. Growing up, we ate strawberry shortcake made with Bisquick pretty much every night during the month of August. I still prefer it to fancier shortcake recipes. For pancakes these days, I use almost all almond flour. They are not all that light but they pack a nice protein punch.

  88. Ann says...

    I’ve always bought the TJs box and the boys love them. I would love to see what the best griddles are or what pans people use for successful cakes. I use a le crueset pan but it takes me a few and a some burnt butter to have them start looking pretty.

  89. Amy says...

    I’m in U.K. and only some of these mixes are available online. Any recommendations for best pancake recipe (no buttermilk, as hard to find here)?!

    • Emily says...

      Joy of Cooking has the best recipe. It’s the simplest I’ve found with the best result. I often keep the dry ingredients mixed on hand in my pantry and I can whip these up in no time. I have one kid so whatever he doesn’t eat I just save in the fridge (the batter) and cook the next morning. We often add chocolate chips.

      1.5 c flour
      3 T sugar
      1.5 t baking powder
      1 t salt
      *mix in large bowl

      Separately combine 1.5 c milk
      2 eggs
      3 T melted butter
      2t vanilla (I always add extra it heightens the flavor)

      Mix wet into dry and you’re ready to cook them on medium heat on the griddle or pan.

    • Mb says...

      Don’t let yourself be stopped by a lack of buttermilk in the supermarket! It is literally the easiest thing to make. Add vinegar OR lemon juice to milk and let it sit for a few minutes. You can find the correct ratio of measurements online.

  90. Naomi says...

    Krusteaz for the win, for sure. Bobs Red Mill is the only mix that beats it… but it requires more ingredients (incl. eggs). So years ago, when by baby was a baby and I wasn’t organized enough in my life to always have eggs in the fridge, Krusteaz was THE HIT! Now, I’m more grown-up and can manage a few eggs in the fridge on the weekend without having to leave the house on Saturday morning… and we do Bob’s (well, if there is some).

    Turns out, homemade pancake mix isn’t that hard to make… and if you premix all your dry ingredients, you can keep them in a sealed container for future use… same same?

  91. I did not grow up on pancakes (how???) but as an adult, my husband and I have tried a few brands. By far our favorite is Hungry Jack “Extra Light & Fluffy” (typically with a few chocolate chips thrown in). I love the idea of this taste test!

  92. Denise says...

    I can’t remember the brand we grew up with because when my sister developed gluten sensitivity the family switched to Pamela’s and we’ve never looked back. I don’t even have a gluten sensitivity but I still favor Pamela’s. I omit the oil that’s called for though, and just do 1 egg & water.

  93. Naomi says...

    I grew up on Bisquick pancakes and they are still my go to. I want to add that it tastes eeeeeeven better with a splash of vanilla in the standard recipe.

    • Leanne says...

      Yes! To childhood wonder!
      Yes! To being my go to!
      Yes! Yes! Yes! To a little vanilla.

  94. Becca says...

    Haha, when I saw this on the homepage I immediately thought Krusteaz! Gotta be the winner.

  95. Jess says...

    OK, English person here, married to a man with American family who go wild for Bisquick:

    I don’t get the pancake mix thing. If you have to add egg and milk to a white powder, why not let that powder be flour rather than a pancake mix and call it a homemade pancake?

    What am I missing? I need to learn in time for the next family brunch (whenever that will be…)

    • The box mixes usually contain more than just one white powder – most have flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, and some have dry milk and butter solids, too.

    • Jane says...

      German here, I don’t get it, either. Must be a cultural thing!
      Same with pizza dough mix – add water, oil to pre-mixed flour, salt and dried yeast? Why – so that you don’t have to keep salt, flour and dried yeast at hand?
      I think maybe it’s some form if nostalgia, like when people claim box-mix brownies or cakes are superior.
      Anyway, interestig phenomenon for sure.

    • Angela says...

      American, and I also don’t get it. I think we’ve been sold the story that mixes are SO much easier and a lot of us are intimidated by making things from scratch….but pancakes literally take 7 minutes to mix up from scratch. People should eat and cook what they like–no judgement from me!–but box mixes puzzle me.

    • KA says...

      I think it is nostalgia. Just add water mix has always been a standard camping breakfast—and—true for my childhood and probably for some others—pancakes were usually made by dad (on the weekends or as dinner when mom was out). I know it’s ridiculous that my dad could only cook boxed pancakes—and I’m not nostalgic for those times, but I am for that freewheeling, anything-is-possibleness of seeing my dad in the kitchen. Boxed pancakes taste like a hall pass.

    • E. says...

      Same. I don’t get it because seriously, aren’t pancakes just so easy to make? But I don’t like pancakes very much in general, maybe because I did not grow up in the U.S. I’ll still make them for my family. What annoys me in the process isn’t making the batter, it’s standing by the stove and cooking the pancakes.

    • Amy says...

      I already make space in my pantry for flour, salt, baking powder, and the like, so I’d rather not take up more space with a bag of dedicated pancake mix. I have a fair bit of pantry space but we also cook nearly every meal and snack at home, so the items in my pantry need to be versatile. (Canadian)

  96. OK, OK, OK. I know this post is about premixed packages, BUT. I have to herald Sarah Copeland’s Greek yogurt and oatmeal pancakes: https://www.edibleliving.com/journal/2020/0atmeal-yogurt-pancakes-blackberry-crush. I make them at least once a week, and they are fantastic (and fantastically easy). They’re from her book The Newlywed Cookbook, my copy of which now cracks open at this page. So yum. Had leftovers of these beauties this morning, in fact.

  97. Steph says...

    I grew up eating Krusteaz and will love it forever. Feel a totally unearned sense of pride that it won :)

  98. nora says...

    Krusteaz also has the best blueberry muffin mix!

  99. Rosie says...

    Our grocery store was out of Krusteaz, Bisquick, and basically everything except two packages of this: https://farinup.us/products/jadore-les-pancakes-mix. The taste is on par with our usuals and the bonus is that is has a pour system that is really easy for our 7- and 5-year old kids to use without making a huge mess (it looks like liquid but it is a dry mix, just add water). Now if I can only find it again!

  100. Kari says...

    I really don’t understand pancake mix unless you’re camping. Homemade pancake batter only uses 7 ingredients that you probably already have at home (milk, eggs, butter or oil, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) and if you use a scale they take under 3 minutes to mix up and taste better than the mix.

    • Marisa says...

      Nostalgia. Consistency of texture. Not always having milk or eggs or flour on hand. Preferring the flavor of a boxed mix pancake. Lots of valid reasons!

  101. Jen says...

    I noticed several readers making reference to their dads making pancakes, and it struck me as a very “dad” activity. :) When I was a kid (way back in the 1980s), my dad had an extremely limited repertoire of foods he could prepare, but his pancakes were excellent (along with his scrambled eggs, hamburgers, and… er, that’s it). Made me smile to remember this.

    • Jen says...

      My name is also Jen and I could have written that comment. : ) My dad also always made pancakes for me and my sisters on Saturday mornings. We would lose our minds if he made them with chocolate chips or in any sort of shape other than a circle. I am pretty sure he used a mix, and I think it was Krusteaz (yum). We still love his pancakes, and now his grandkids do too. He makes pancakes for us yet when we visit, but these days he uses a mix from Snoqualmie Falls Lodge. He claims that the secret to a great pancake is to whip the egg whites.

      My husband also makes pancakes on weekend mornings for our kiddos (he makes lots of other meals too; he’s a good cook). He makes his from scratch, and they have always been fine and the kiddos always clamor for them. His pancake recipe calls for an egg (not fancily separated, just whisked in). Two weekends ago we were out of eggs, and in looking for a substitute, he learned that a quarter cup of sparking water/club soda would work. He was skeptical, but went ahead and made them that way.

      It turns out that those no egg, bubbly water pancakes were absolutely astonishing! Extremely fluffy, with a light yet satisfying texture, and seriously so, so perfect. I couldn’t believe that I had been living my life eating years worth of comparatively flat, dull, zestless EGG pancakes. This realization practically caused an existential crisis (am middle aged plus there’s this pandemic). The next weekend we had eggs and he made pancakes his usual way before remembering. And they were, I don’t know….decent? They were edible, certainly. But honestly? They were so disappointing. There is now just no going back to pancakes made with egg. Life is too short. I seriously think this sparkling water egg substitute discovery is going to have generational impacts in my family.

  102. Natalie S. says...

    We really love the great value brand extra fluffy pancake mix at Walmart. SO cheap and so good. My mother-in-law used it to make pancakes one time when we were visiting, and I asked her for her recipe, haha. Glad she let me in on the secret ;)

    • Natalie R says...

      Haha, my mother-in-law introduced me to the Great Value EF Pancake Mix too! When cooked and crisped up with butter, they taste amazing! We made them for our hipster, foodie friends and didn’t spill the beans until afterwards that, not only were they not homemade, but they were a Walmart brand. They were absolutely gobsmacked-lol!

    • Natalie S. says...

      Natalie R.– that is so funny!!! We’re leading parallel lives, hahaha. Totally agree with you about the butter btw ;)

  103. Taryn says...

    I grew up on Bisquick and it’s my favorite too. It’s good with the simple instructions as well as the jazzed up version with vanilla and all the extras if you’ve got the time. My dad taught me his trick–let the batter sit for a bit to thicken up and get some bubbles in it before you start cooking. It really does make for even fluffier pancakes!

  104. Lauren says...

    We grew up on Bisquick, then I became the cook, distaining anything pre-mixed or processed. Sorry, from-scratch judgies, Krusteze is the best by far! We’ve officially defected.

  105. Candice says...

    Krusteaz, hands down! I do find that the box instructs to add too much water, but that could be my high-altitude-dry-climate. Also, BIG TIP: skip the oil and use butter (lots of it!!) if you can. The butter is where it’s really made!

  106. Andrea says...

    So funny that Krusteaz won – I just bought this mix for the first time ever. I usually buy the TJ’s version or Kodiak Cakes when I see it on a Target shelf. Krusteaz was the only option left on the shelves at my local grocery store and I was craving some Sunday morning syrupy carbs. It was SO good. The must fluffy and created the best exterior.

  107. GAIL says...

    We are all about Kodiak pancakes too. We like all of them but we really LOVE the cinnamon oatmeal. They have so much lovely texture. We haven’t tried anything since we tried Kodiak. Especially love all the protein.

    • RS says...

      We like Kodiak too! And no yucky chemicals, along with the protein.

  108. H says...

    Wish you guys included more mixes that aren’t loaded with chemicals and preservatives like Annie’s & all the Whole Foods brands. Trader Joe’s seems to be the only “healthy” option here.

    Also I love pre-mixing dry ingredients and keeping it in the pantry. Then when you want pancakes all you do is add wet and you’ve got homemade pancakes without all the chemicals! I like Bon Appetit’s buttermilk pancake recipe and no worries about having buttermilk in the house- so easy to make yourself with lemon or vinegar & milk! :)

    • mb says...

      I kind of love that Jenny went with this route. A lot of people are trying to save some money (and their sanity!) right now. So it seems like such a nostalgia trip and a sort of friendly nod to everyone scrimping and saving! I remember the spaghetti-sauce taste test from a while ago. I rushed out to buy Rao’s and it was a whopping 8$! As good as it was, it’s not something I’m going to go for frequently.

  109. Betsy says...

    Just bought a box of Krusteaz for camping. Only because it had the gold Best winner of something award on the box. I’m not really a pancake fan, but when requested I try an come through. For me it is a density thing. So many of them are dense,rubbery, and tasteless. I’ve heard that substituting club soda for the water fluffs them up, and makes them delicious. Anyone know if there is any truth behind this? Thanks!

    • Em says...

      Hi Betsy! If you’re making them from scratch, you can separate the eggs and beat the whites until they form soft peaks. Make the rest of the recipe as usual (using the egg yolks in place of the whole eggs) and then fold in the egg whites gently right at the end. My dad used to do this and the pancakes turn out SO FLUFFY!

  110. Ashley says...

    That Trader Joe’s mix is trash for pancakes but makes the best biscuits!

    • christina says...

      the trader joes *pumpkin* pancake mix is, however, magical.

  111. Rebecca says...

    Occasionally I make homemade, but I grew up on Bisquick and we still usually use that. My kids love it! We add a little cinnamon and it’s good to go. I made these once for my sister and brother in law years ago and she still comments on “my fluffy pancakes”! Haven’t tried your winner before though.

  112. Heather says...

    For Gluten Free, we are devotees of Pamela’s Pancake Mix, which has a bit of an almond/whole grain thing happening, but still makes light pancakes, and King Arthur Pancake Mix to make very good Belgian waffles.

    • Janna says...

      I second Pamela’s–for gf or not gf people. I have celiac, so have made Pamela’s pancake mix for many people in my life, and they are always impressed by how light and delicious they are.

    • Erin says...

      Celiac family here! We love the Pamela’s Gluten-Free Pancake mix so much that we receive a case of three 4-pound bags every three months from Amazon. The mix is great for waffles, banana bread, pumpkin bread and more. I make quadruple the batter Sundays so we can easily make fresh pancakes every weekday morning. We use almond milk instead of water and melted butter for the oil. I also add a tablespoon of sugar to the quadrupled batter. The pancakes are so good, that we’ve turned two other families onto Pamela’s on vacations where I took charge of breakfast to make sure my kids had a safe meal.

  113. Awads says...

    In a pinch, Aldi has a pretty good Buttermilk pancake mix. That’s our go-to if I am all out of buttermilk. But I can’t help needing to make my own from scratch, since it’s so easy AND i make a double batch that i can freeze. My son is the only pancake eater in the family, and he eats just one or two a day, so i get 10-14 days out of one batch! The recipe:
    1 cup flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp vanilla.
    Mix it all up and there ya go!

  114. Maddie says...

    We use Krusteaz and add a scoop or two of apple sauce, it changes everything!! Highly recommend.

    • Julia says...

      Maddie: do you add the scoops of applesauce to the pancake mix with the normal ingredients? Or spoon it on top after you cook it?

  115. Nikki says...

    My mom is going to feel so great when she reads this post! She’s been using krusteaz for forever. Mostly I think because you can buy the super huge bag from Costco!

  116. Amanda says...

    We eat A LOT of pancakes here.
    Have had to try a few different brands due to availability and stumbled upon a gem New Hope Mills. So delicious.

    • JoyL says...

      Yes! We just tried this brand for the first time and it is excellent! I’ve been making waffles with it too that are so good! For the waffles, I use melted butter instead of the oil and add a teaspoon of vanilla.

    • LJG says...

      Yep. This. You can get it at Wegman’s or order it online.

  117. Alexandra says...

    For my fellow gf folks, I heartily recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix! I add in a 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and a dash of cinnamon and it’s DELICIOUS.

    • Emma says...

      YES! Seconding this…Bob’s GF pancake mix is amazing. Going to try adding vanilla + cinnamon to mine next time :)

  118. Rebekah says...

    Yeeeesss! Our family grew up on Krusteaz and I have yet to find a quick brand that tastes just as good. Victory!

  119. Not surprised at all! Bisquik is what we always had growing up (though I remember thinking Hungry Jack was fluffier). Now that I’m gluten free, my dad will make Krusteaz pancakes (the gf kind) and with every bite I’ll ask, seriously – this is the gluten free one??

  120. Kendra says...

    My dad was the Saturday morning pancake king! Friends would spend the night at our house on Friday just for Saturday breakfast. He was so renowned that we buried him with a small box of pancake mix – Bisquick! Thank you for the fond memories.

    • Nikki says...

      Kendra- This is beautiful. I’m so sorry for your loss, especially a man as special as the pancake king.

    • Rebekah says...

      Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory of your Dad. As a mom, I’m striving to become the type of parent with a home that overflows with hospitality and warmth. This is such a great reminder that it’s the small rituals and habits (a box of bisquick!) that build those homes.

    • Sarah says...

      That’s so sweet – my dad is also a Bisquick pancake man. Must be a dad thing. <3

    • Sarah says...

      This was the best to read Kendra because I had the exact same experience growing up. I also love that you all buried him with a small box of Bisquick. So sorry for your loss!

  121. bianca says...

    Kodiak Cakes all the way! so good and filling. my kids love them.
    their frozen waffles are very good as well!

  122. Charlotte K says...

    I grew up in a Bisquick family and I have to admit I still prefer them to just about any other pancake recipe I know. I also use them for waffles, which I tend to do more now because I find they are just easier to deal with since I got a good waffle iron that doesn’t stick. I know they have some not-so-great ingredients in Bisquick, but I don’t eat it that often and I consider it my nostalgia trip!

  123. Beth says...

    This is so fun!!!

    We usually use Kodiak, too, whenever using a mix. I feel somehow better thinking the 3 kiddos are getting more protein to fill them up for longer.

    Then one of my friends across the country sent us a Darth Vader waffle maker and included two big boxes of Krusteaz. I’d only ever made waffles from scratch, but my kids went nuts for those waffles. Whether with Darth Vader or our trusty regular waffle maker. So I don’t doubt the pancakes made from it are good, too. So funny! Who would have guessed?

    I’m team DO WHATEVER YOU WANT for breakfast. Homemade includes from a box!

  124. veronica says...

    Why you sharing my secrets, Jenny? Krusteaz is the only way my family knows/loves pancakes. I’ve tried to make pancakes from scratch but that only yields sad faces and frisbee disks.

    Cheers to everyone cooking 3xday. It’s the worst/best!

  125. Eliza says...

    We are Bisquick converts too after many years of using Maple Grove Farms Buttermilk and Honey mix (still good, but not Bisquick!). Plus, with the Bisquick mix it’s easy to whip up a batch of drop biscuits if my kids are craving something different than pancakes!

    • Tara Sharp says...

      Looks awesome!!! Where do I buy them?

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      this is very intriguing!

    • Bonnie says...

      Lynda – Thanks for sharing! I’m not familiar with these at all and will look for them. Different taste/consistency? How would you describe them in a taste test? :)

  126. Whitney says...

    I grew up on Kruteaz pancakes jazzed up with cinnamon. Now I make Kodiak Buttermilk Mix for my three kiddos often a. because they have a hefty dose of protein b. cook up fluffy when using an egg in the batter and c. don’t leave me with that icky-too-much-sugar feeling. Sometimes I toss in some of my sourdough starter for some extra flavor.

  127. Stephanie Zercher says...

    Ha! Krusteaz has been my go-to for years when I don’t make my own mix. My household is split on how people like their pancakes – my husband likes them big and fluffy and my dad likes a more crepe-like cake – and this mix accommodates both. I make the big, fluffy ones first, as per the box directions, and then water down the batter for the thinner ones. Works like a charm!

  128. Rebecca says...

    Amy’s brand are surprisingly delicious!

    • AmyJ says...

      Yes – Annie’s Organic in the red box (hard to find though) And Trader Joe’s tastes the same. I have a very very picky child who will only eat these two. He can’t tell the difference between them. I use one of these mixes to make sweet potato, chocolate chip pancakes every single weekend. This is THE only way I can get a fruit or vegetable into my son. They are so good we don’t even use syrup. Just eat them plain like a muffin top. I add 1 baby food jar per level on the box of pureed sweet potatoes (or about that amount of pureed from a can). Then as many semi- sweet chocolate chips as I want – mini chips work best. They are amazing. They taste best with these 2 mixes – I have tried them all. During holidays I will use pureed pumpkin instead with a bit of pumpkin pie spice, plus mini- chips. So yummy!

    • AmyJ says...

      Sorry – not sure about Amy’s but I saw it as Annie’s! I read too fast.

  129. Emily says...

    I make Kodiak Cakes for my boys. I add a 1/2 t. cinnamon and 1 t. vanilla so that the don’t taste too “protein-y” and serve with maple syrup. They love them! If there are leftovers, I store in the fridge or freezer and then heat them up in the toaster when ready to eat.

  130. MKW says...

    Team Krusteaz here. We buy it at Costco and store the mix in our freezer.

  131. Hannah says...

    Wow why is Aunt Jemima even in this lineup…??? I understand that you have some sentimental attachment to this brand but there comes a time when we grow up, discard & disavow the racist items that (hopefully unintentionally) were a part of our childhood. That’s just basic responsible white people-ism right there, to read through with a sensitive eye and make sure a caricatured black servant image doesn’t end up on your very white/privileged blog.

    • a.n. says...

      oh my goodness.

    • Tiffany says...

      Woah! This is unnecessarily harsh! It’s pancake mix and one commonly bought by Black and White consumers. Yes, the history of Aunt Jemima is racist, does that mean consumers don’t buy it, NO! It’s one of the most popular brands and rightfully has a place in this review because the reviewer wanted to include it. Does it make her a racist, also NO!

      As a long-time reader of the Cup of Jo, who is a Black woman, it doesn’t seem that you are familiar with the content of this blog. Joanna has made a point to diversify the voices of content providers over the years and I’ve enjoyed the range of topics and perspectives.

      This might not be the blog for you and that’s ok. Being respectful of contributors is required, offering opposing opinion is fine, leaving harsh comments is unwelcome.

    • RS says...

      It’s not even maple syrup. It’s corn syrup.

    • E says...

      Hi Hannah,
      I agree with your sentiment but don’t see any Aunt Jemima products in this post… am I missing something?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hannah, thank you so much for your comment. Both Jenny and I hear you and completely agree and we removed the Aunt Jemima mix from this post. thank you again for your note. xo

    • Elizabeth B says...

      Hannah, I completely agree! Tiffany, I am very glad that you don’t feel offended by the product, but many others do. It’s like using a red-faced caricature of a Native American as a ball team mascot. It’s wrong. Kudos to Cup of Jo for removing something that is quite upsetting to a lot of people.

  132. Whitney Patterson says...

    I also have done a mini pancake taste test during the pandemic, and in our house Arrowhead Mills was the clear winner!

    • MC says...

      +1 for Arrowhead Mills

    • Laura says...

      Agreed! We’ve been making them once a week for 7 years. I was looking for someone to say so!

  133. Kim W says...

    We had Bisquick on hand all the time when I was a kid & to me it’s still a solid option when the scratch thing is just not. It maybe sentimental but at this stage who cares? For fun make a batch of the shortcakes from the back of the box……seriously

  134. Kelly M says...

    I love that the winner only scored 14 out of 20. Tough judges!!! I don’t eat pancakes often, as waffles are a go-to for us. But this is good to know!

  135. Libby says...

    I have so much nostalgia for Bisquick pancakes! That’s the taste of my childhood! (And bisquick biscuits!! Just Bisquick plus milk…. and of course topped with butter and cinnamon sugar out of the oven!).

  136. Sarah says...

    Those are my top two faves – I’m grateful for the validation on this Wednesday morning. We love the Bisquick Ultimate Pancake recipe on the back of the box.

    Krusteaz waffle batter is also the best.

  137. J says...

    I just loved this! Thank you, Jenny!

  138. Maire says...

    Solidly on Team Bisquick here, especially when I add some mashed bananas to the mix. I’ve always got a box in my pantry. It also makes delicious quick rolls w/ a bottle of beer and a bit of sugar, as well as perfectly chewy PB cookies with the addition of crunchy PB, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and an egg.

  139. Mindy Trittipo says...

    I love Bisquick, sentimental value because my dad loves it and served it to us through my childhood. I have used Krusteaz lately because I can’t always find Bisquick and I agree with your family, it’s pretty good! I actually like it in the modified version I found on their website when I added an egg, some milk and oil. I also use it for waffles and it’s awesome. Thanks for doing the review! Now I don’t have to try all the rest :)

  140. Andrea says...

    My parents owned a small greasy spoon diner while I was growing up (Open 5 AM to 2 PM, regular customers, the whole bit) and they would only use Krusteaz pancake mix, with one amendment – my mom would add a couple of tablespoons of malted milk powder to the mix. The customers could never tell what made her pancakes so delicious and she would never give up her secret ingredient. But I figure now that they’ve sold the place to someone else, it’s okay for me to let the cat out of the bag:)

    • Elle says...

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  141. Elizabeth says...

    I love your taste tests! I’m a solid Rao’s spaghetti sauce fan now–all because of your sauce taste test. Keep them coming!

    • Stella says...

      Yes! I’m obsessed with Rao’s pasta sauce thanks to Jenny!

    • Sarah says...

      Same here Elizabeth!!

  142. Ali says...

    Kodiak Cakes! Great taste and they don’t leave you with that sugar crash that typically happens after eating pancakes.

    • Stella says...

      I second this! (But I’m biased because the company started in my hometown of park city, ut!)

    • Pam says...

      yes exactly! No crash, and I’m not hungry 2 hrs later – they keep you full. And there are so many delicious flavors now too! The almond poppyseed is amazing.

    • Hilary says...

      We love Kodiak Cakes, too! My trick to fancy them up (which nobody appreciates but me :) is to grate some orange zest and add a little cinnamon and cardamom into the batter. Tastes like Christmas Morning on a standard quarantine Tuesday. It’s the little things.

    • Kara says...

      Yes to Kodiak cakes! We love the whole wheat oat and honey kind. You don’t feel gross after eating them.

  143. anna says...

    Big bisquick fan here! I love to doctor it up with some vanilla, lemon juice, or baking powder/soda to make them even fluffier. The box has tons of suggestions for modifications you can try!